Alexa
  • Directory of Taiwan

Designer of 1st private manned spacecraft retiring

Designer of 1st private manned spacecraft retiring

Burt Rutan, who designed the first privately funded manned rocket to reach space, plans to retire next year.
The announcement was made Wednesday on the website of Scaled Composites LLC, which Rutan founded in 1982.
Rutan's pending retirement is not a complete surprise. In 2008, he gave up day-to-day responsibilities at the company following open-heart surgery.
Rutan is best known for designing SpaceShipOne, which won the $10 million Ansari X Prize in 2004 by becoming the first private manned craft to reach space.
He later partnered with Virgin Galactic to build a fleet of second-generation spaceships that are expected to start flying tourists into space from New Mexico in the next nine to 18 months.


Updated : 2021-07-25 02:05 GMT+08:00